The importance of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is called the last line of defence and in some respects it’s for good reason. But PPE plays a very important part in your daily protection.

Hazards exist in every industry from mining operations to chemical. It’s essential to provide the right strategies to keep your workers safe.

Common pieces of PPE include:

  • arc flash protection
  • FR coveralls
  • high visibility apparel
  • chemical suits
  • hard hats
  • safety glasses
  • hand and arm protection
  • boots
  • hear protection, and
  • seasonal products used primarily in summer or winter

And we sell, maintain and train people on all of it.

How to get employees to wear PPE?

It can be difficult to get employee buy-in when it comes to PPE. Old mentalities towards safety are hard to change and unfortunately sometimes it takes a dramatic incident for workers to see the benefit of PPE.

However, that doesn’t mean that you should give up hope.

There are strategies you can use to get your team on board with wearing PPE. We even wrote a blog post about getting employee buy-in. The post is focused towards work gloves but the concept is the same.

  • Set up goals.
  • Determine risks in your workplace.
  • Understand what your employees like and dislike about your current PPE.
  • Research new products based on employee feedback.
  • Trial new products and have employees provide feedback. (Did we mention we offer a free glove review program?)
  • Train employees on how to use new PPE.
  • Hold daily or weekly safety talks/toolbox talks.

If you don’t know where to start, don’t sweat. We can help you review your safety program.

When should I wear PPE?

There is no hard and fast rule for when you should use PPE. You need to follow provincial and federal legislative requirements for PPE.

You also need to adhere to company requirements. For instance, many construction sites across Canada require specific hard hats, work boots and eye protection at a minimum. However, different areas within a facility may require specific PPE that is not required in other areas.

We also offer an online training course called “Head, Eye, & Face Protection: PPE Employee Essentials.”

This online course will familiarize you with personal protective equipment for the head, eyes, and face—including hard hats, safety glasses, safety goggles, face shields, welding goggles, and welding shields. It also provides tips to reduce eye strain.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Recognize head, eye, and face safety hazards
  • Choose appropriate PPE for head, eye, and face hazard

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Why choose Levitt-Safety for your personal protective equipment needs?

Levitt-Safety carries the best selection of PPE from a variety of manufacturers including Superior Glove, Ansell, MSA, Honeywell, 3M, Big Bill, IFR, Dupont, Oberon, Geroline and Baffin.

We work with these manufacturers regularly to bring the newest and most exciting products to the Canadian marketplace. Since we’re a 100% safety focused company, we also provide training and servicing for many of these products.

Explore our website for products that will keep your team safe and, when ready, you can purchase them through our online store.

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